Lenders prefer that borrowers supply their own down-payment funds. It shows they have “skin in the game” and that they are good with money and can meet their financial goals. But thanks to the Great Recession and the slow road back to recovery, many homebuyers are turning to their parents, grandparents and other family or friends for help. Continue reading
Before You Look at Your First House
Experienced home buyers know that one of the first-steps in beginning a successful search for a new house is taking a hard, objective look at finances. Determining how much money you can dedicate to the purchase of your new house affects almost every aspect of buying a new home – including how we write the offer, which mortgage programs you will qualify for, shopping for the best mortgage loan and which homes are truly in your price range.
|Here are the questions that each home buyer should ask:
The 28/36 Rule
No more than 28% of your gross income can be applied to your mortgage, real estate taxes and insurance. And no more than 36% of your gross income can be applied to your mortgage expenses plus your regular debt expenses (car payments, credit cards, other loans, etc.).
If I may suggest, though: when you are ready to purchase your first home, please do so with the assistance of an experienced Realtor®, who has the knowledge of the local market conditions and can help you make the whole process smoother and with less hassle.